No ancient site, church, monastery in Afrin targeted in Turkish airstrike so far: Foreign Ministry
In a written statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy termed the reports “completely untrue,” state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
He said it could be easily proved that the Julianus Church was destroyed by armed groups in 2013, he added.
“Contrary to the claims, every kind of measure has been taken not to damage regional and cultural structures, historical artifacts and archeological sites since the start of the operation,” Aksoy said.
The spokesman said Turkey had taken necessary steps to prove such reports were wrong.
Turkey launched “Operation Olive Branch” on Jan. 20 to clear People’s Protection Units (YPG) militants from Afrin. On March 18, the Turkish armed forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) declared full control over the city.
Turkey considers the YPG to be the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).